Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tea Party Sandwiches
A friend invited me to meet her for coffee. That sounded like fun, but I wanted to try out a new recipe and convinced her to come for a tea party. You have to have sweet and savory, so I needed to make a few sandwiches. I usually make cucumber sandwiches and then I wanted to try pineapple cream cheese sandwiches. I had some tea from the White Oak Tea Tavern and a tea party was made!
Pineapple Cream Cheese Sandwiches
1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup pineapple tidbits, finely chopped and drained
1 or 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
thin white bread
There were only going to be the three of us and I did not want a lot of left overs. So I made small amounts. There is no exact amount so don't let your OCD side take over. The important part is the percentages.
I used a small lunch cup for the pineapple tidbits. I drained out the juice and about 1/3 of the tidbits. The rest I dumped on the cutting board and chopped until very small. Then I let them drain a bit and added to the bowl with the chopped walnuts. I added enough whipped cream cheese to make everything stick together. Set aside
Cover the butter with cinnamon. I didn't measure, so maybe 1/4 teaspoon. Mix it well and set aside.
I bought some very thin white bread. If you don't have any, use regular white bread, but it will be hard to spread on it as it will want to tear.
Now set up an assembly line. Lay out two slices of bread and open them up so that you can butter both sides. Lay out as many sets of bread as you will need. At least one set per person. I used 3 sets, or 6 slices of bread
Butter each side with the cinnamon butter. Use it very sparingly. You just want a thin coat to keep the pineapple cream cheese from making the sandwiches soggy.
Gently spread a scant amount of the pineapple cream cheese. Try not to spread clear out to the edges. This will make it more difficult to trim off the crusts. If you have extra, make another sandwich or save it for another time.
Place the tops on the sandwiches and trim off all the crusts. Cut diagonally across the sandwich to make triangles.
Moisten a paper towel and wring it mostly dry. Cover the sandwiches. This will keep them from drying out. If it will be a long time before you eat, them place the plate in the refrigerator.
Now for the...
whipped cream cheese
salt and pepper
thin white bread
You want the kind of cucumber that is wrapped in plastic. I only needed half of it for the three of us. Wrap up and save the rest. I will add it to our salad tonight. Yes, all we will get is a salad. But we had a great tea party!
Peel the cucumber and slice it in half lengthwise. Cut a wedge along the inside to take out most of the seeds. They call these seedless, but they are liars
As an aside, whenever I hear (or write) the word "liars" I think of the part in Princess Bride where the old woman calls Miracle Max a liar. If you had girls in the 1980's you probably do, too. If not go get the movie and watch it with your daughters...about 100 times. Then you too, will quote from it and hear it in your head for life. It's totally worth it.
Take the peeled and seedless cucumber and slice it in 1/4 inch slices. Set aside.
Lay out the bread in pairs as you did above. You still have some whipped cream cheese. Start your assemble line again.
Spread the cream cheese on each slice. Lay out the slices of cucumber on one side of the bread. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. I made four of these, because I KNEW I liked them.
Place the tops on the sandwiches and gently cut of the crusts. If you let the cucumbers be placed to the edges it may be more difficult to trim the edges. The knife will try to pull out a slice or two. You may have to poke it back in. Cut the sandwiches in half diagonally to make triangles and place under the moist paper towel until just before serving.
For the sweet portion, I served this with Maple Bacon Scones and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.